Guernsey Small Business Seminar
24th November 2010
... Comments

The Best of Guernsey attend “The Guernsey Small Business Seminar – A Passion for Business” with keynote speaker Derek Coates.

The Best of Guernsey's Simon English reviews the day:


The 23rd of November marked the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce small business networking event – “A Passion for Business.”  The event held at St Pierre Park Hotel in Guernsey was a fantastic chance for local businesses to learn from invited guest speakers and network with one another.

Notable guest speaker Derek Coates described his business journey from his days at school right up until the formation of well known Guernsey based businesses Blue Islands; serving Guernsey’s need for a low cost airline and Healthspan; the UK’s number one supplier of vitamins and health supplements. 

Mr Coates really provided an insight into his life journey and emphasised the need to remain at the forefront of your business's activities despite its growth or apparent level of self-sustainability.  It was clear from listening to Mr Coates that often business success is attributed to the ability to remain flexible and ready to change direction or focus when evolving opportunities arise.

Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for Guernsey businesses was high on the agenda.  Having myself recently returned from delivering a Social Media and SEO Workshop in Birmingham to thebestof head office, it was fantastic to see that Guernsey businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the communication merits such social networks herald.  

Interesting and informative presentations were delivered by Spike Productions, Brehon Accountants, NatWest Bank, Lombard Finance and Guernsey's Environmental Health officer.

The day concluded with speed networking which gave delegates the opportunity to pitch their business and get to know one another in strict three minute slots!  Elevator pitches at the ready, everyone rushed around the room in a crazed frenzy of conversation and business card exchange. 

The Best of Guernsey would like to thank all the guest speakers, the NatWest Guernsey branch for sponsoring the event and The Learning Company.


Many local businesses are keen to embrace social media opportunities but can find it an intimidating prospect and require guidance and assistance to make the right decisions.

The Best Of Guernsey provides Social Media Management and Setup for its business members to ensure the right message reaches their customers. 

For more information email or call us on 246822




About the Author

Nicole Bromley

Member since: 3rd July 2012

I'm Nicole Bromley, Client Relations Manager & Social Media Consultant for thebestof Guernsey & thebest of Jersey.

I live in Guernsey and have experience in client relations, business development, marketing,...

Popular Categories